Listen to your body

Long time back I used a site http://www.fitday.com to keep track of my calories. I tried to keep a track of all the calories and fat/protein/carbs breakdown.  It was good idea then since I started taking care of nutrition to match my workouts.

Few months ago, I realised that I can’t keep doing this forever. I can’t keep couting calories and fuss over it FOREVER. I’m not reaching for an end. Every time I reach a goal, I need to make new goals, this will be a life long journey to stay fit , healthy  and active.

Time for an attitude change, Now I listen to my body. I eat 5 meals a day, with about 3-4 hrs in between meals. when I start getting hungry my body asks me to feed it. Since my current goal is to lose some fat, I tell my body “wait for a while”. I don’t wait till I’m ravenously hungry. Just a little bit more hungry than before and then eat.

I have been eating 5-6 meals for about 3 years now , so I do get hungry every 3 hrs. It might not be the same for everyone. Start out by eating every 3-4 hours and then see how it feels. Slowly pace out and wait till ur actually hungry to eat something. Don’t go more than 4 hours without anything. Experiment with your eating habits and see what works and what doesn’t.

Theses 5-6 meals are not big meals, they are  mini meals consisting of lean protein, healthy fats and lot of vegetables or fruits.  Vegetables to fruits ratio should always be at 4:1 ratio.

My typical meals are

1) grilled or cooked chicken ( with less oil), nuts (cashew or macadamia), Steamed brocolli

2) greek yogurt with some protein powder and blue berries

3) 2 whole eggs and 2 egg white omlete with steamed brocolli, carrots and cauliflower

4) Bison stew with veggies

5) Tofu and Fenugreek leaves curry.

I’m trying to include atleast one veggie protein in my day .  Believe it or not there are very nice veggie protein choices , we just need to open ourselves to them.

Meat was only a sunday affair in our house, but since I started working out, it is cooked everyday. It is easier for me in the US to cook meat everyday, my family back home still frown at this extreme carnivoriness ( I just made up that word :D).

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4 Comments

  1. Roop Rai said,

    April 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    totally with u on this. wat is HCL btw? hydrochloric acid?

    • April 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm

      yes, hydrochloric acid. I’m experimenting , so can’t say for sure if it works or not. It is build up natural stomach acid

      ” Acid is one of the main things that help us to break down those big forkfuls of food into useable nutrients. Despite the popularity of acid-neutralizing and acid-blocking drugs, stomach acid is crucial not only to health, but also to achieving optimal function. When you block acid, you limit nutrient absorption and create an environment that is actually favorable to disease. Even if you don’t use these drugs, studies dating back over 70 years show that our ability to secrete acid decreases as we age.2-4

      Having appropriate acid levels is step one. Before you start analyzing your percentage of fat, carbohydrates and protein intake, make sure your acid level is good. Before you start buying expensive supplements, make sure your acid level is good. Before you start analyzing your sets, reps, tempo and frequency, make sure your acid level is good. If you can’t break down your muscle-building nutrients, you’re putting in a lot of money and hard work and not getting the most from them. Again, it is step one.”

      More here.

  2. Roop Rai said,

    April 3, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    hmmm i never knew u could drink acid like that. i always thought eating good amount of yogurt with active cultures was enough to introduce enough acidic bacteria. 😐

    • April 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm

      Its in the form of tablets also called Digestzymes. You’re right Probiotics would do the same trick. Thanks I’ll do some research.


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